Jul 25, 2018
Clark has partnered with first grade teacher Melissa of Teaching a Latte in First to bring you this guide to after school learning.
The final bell may signal the end of the school day, but it doesn’t have to signal the end of learning. Though some may be reluctant at first, after school learning can provide students with a wealth of benefits, and even some fun.
From school-run programs to nonprofit community centers to tutors, there are plenty of ways for students to get a little extra learning in after hours.
After School Education Programs
After school education programs are exactly what they sound like. Depending on the number of students, supervisors, budget, and demand, many schools offer a range of programs after hours. While the offerings vary from school to school, these programs introduce students to new subjects and interests without the pressure of homework, tests, and grades.
From STEM classes like coding and robotics, to art classes like music theory and visual arts, students get the opportunity to interact with newfound interests outside of school hours. This distance can help students bridge the gap between learning, engagement, and their interests, and even their potential future career.
Regardless of the subject, the benefits that result from continuous after school learning are clear. Consistently participating in after school learning can reward students with the equivalence of up to 115 additional days of learning, and has been proven to lead to better academic performance, attitude towards school, attendance records, and higher levels of homework completion.
Additionally, after school programs give students the opportunity to interact with their peers in a low-pressure environment and build their support system through working with program supervisors.
To read about more after school learning opportunities, check out the full article on Melissa’s blog, Teaching a Latte in First.